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RDC News: August 2016

Computer updates over the weekend, summer hours, and Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (SEPR) 2014 - version 2

Aug 01, 2016

Those researchers who need to run their code over the weekend (July 30th, 31st) must book workstations 1, 2 or 3. All other workstations will receive automatic updates over the weekend and therefore your work will be interrupted if left running over the weekend.

Please note the RDC will have reduced summer hours for the month of August. The RDC will be closed for the civic holiday on Monday August 1. Starting Monday August 8th, Mills Library will be closing every day at 5pm. This means extended hours in August will occur only on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th. Extended hours will resume again in September.

New data sets at the RDC:
In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the McMaster Research Data Centre. Please see the information below. Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (SEPR) 2014 - version 2
An updated version of the Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (SEPR) is now available!

The Survey of Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (SEPR) was conducted to better understand community resilience in Canada. This involved exploring how Canadians and Canadian communities prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. Through a cross-sectional esign and a sampling frame of over 73,000 Households across the 10 provinces, information was gathered on preparedness and resilience at various geographic levels - national, provincial, and some detail at the community lever (for populations greater than 50,000).

The SEPR includes information on: perceptions of the types of risks communities are likely to experience; people's previous experiences with major emergencies; the impact of prior emergencies on daily life, along with long-term effects and recovery; and the formal and informal resources Canadians can turn to for help. Those interested in crisis management services, vulnerability, or resilience may find this data set useful.

For further details, please go to the information page on the SEPR at the Statistics Canada website

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit: